A greater focus on the public health consequences of climate change could increase the urgency of climate policy, according to Guus Velders, Professor of Air Quality and Climate Interactions at Utrecht University
This blog was published on 11 December 2018 on the climate blog of the NRC.
In Katowice this week, the terms of the Paris Climate Agreement (2015) will be further fleshed out. The important role that scientists can play at an international summit of this kind was something I experienced personally in the case of the Montreal Protocol, the treaty to protect the ozone layer.
I spent ten years conducting research into the effects on the climate of gases that are responsible for depleting the ozone layer (CFCs) and their alternatives, hydrofluorocarbons. It was partly this kind of research and its presentation at the international negotiations that led to the conclusion in Rwanda in 2016 of a globally binding agreement to severely limit the use of hydrofluorocarbons, powerful greenhouse gases. The ozone layer is now slowly recovering.